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Why Kim From Better Call Saul Looks So Familiar

The AMC series "Better Call Saul," a prequel spinoff series to "Breaking Bad," has grown to become a phenomenon of its own, despite initially starting out as a joke. And one of the keys to the show's success, from the start, has been the introduction of characters not seen in "Breaking Bad," the biggest of which has been Kim Wexler. 

Kim begins the series as a lawyer at the firm of Hamlin, Hamlin, and McGill, where Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) began working under his given name of Jimmy McGill. She remains an ally of McGill even after he clashes with the law firm, leading to issues with her own employment there, ultimately ending up in her departure. Though she moves to another law firm, Kim eventually starts her own practice, first in collaboration with Jimmy, then on her own, helping people without the means of gaining proper legal representation. Kim and Jimmy ultimately become romantically involved, before they get married so that Jimmy can be more open about his clientele with her ... leading to Kim getting involved in the mob-related activities Jimmy finds himself wrapped up in.

Where have you seen the talented actress that plays Kim before, though? It wasn't in "Breaking Bad," that's for sure. In fact, the performer's name is Rhea Seehorn, and this is why she looks so familiar.

Rhea Seehorn started playing lawyers early in her career

Rhea Seehorn made her on-screen debut with the police drama "Homicide: Life On The Streets" in 1997. Her first major TV role came in the ABC sitcom "I'm With Her," in which she plays Cheri Baldikowski, sister to movie star Alex Young, played by Teri Polo. Seehorn's most prominent early movie role came in 2006 in "The Shaggy Dog," alongside Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, and Robert Downey Jr. In the movie, Seehorn plays Lori, a lawyer and associate of Dave Douglas, played by Allen, who helps him in the case against Grant and Strictland. Lori has to continually deal with the unpredictable behavior of Dave, who takes on the traits of a dog after being bitten by one. This jeopardizes the court case they're working on, when those traits show up during proceedings, causing Lori as much confusion as everyone else in the courtroom.

This was Seehorn's first major role as a lawyer, but not her first time she played a character involved in a law firm, as she was also a main character in the short-lived law dramedy "Head Cases," which aired on Fox and starred Adam Goldberg, Chris O'Donnell, and Richard Kind. In the series, Seehorn plays Nicole Walker, a law secretary who Jason Payne (O'Donnell) convinces to come work at his new firm with Russell Shultz, played by Goldberg.

Rhea Seehorn appeared on NBC's Whitney

Rhea Seehorn continued to appear in guest roles on television, showing up in the TNT advertising drama "Trust Me" and police procedural "The Closer." She also made appearances in the Fox science fiction series "Dollhouse" and the USA Network series "Burn Notice."

Seehorn's next main role came in the NBC sitcom "Whitney," which was created by comedian Whitney Cummings, who also starred in the lead role. In the series, Seehorn plays Roxanne Harris, a businesswoman who works at a magazine and is friends with Whitney, a freelance photographer. The series begins with Roxanne divorced from her ex-husband Lance, played by Hayes MacArthur, and her antics often cause issues for herself and others. Over the course of the series, Roxanne hires Whitney at the magazine as an office assistant to help her against her enemy, played by Kathy Griffin. At one point, she also reunites with Lance, causing Whitney to intervene. Roxanne ultimately becomes roommates with Whitney's friend Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones) and begins a relationship with a bar owner named Mark (Dan O'Brien).

Rhea Seehorn was a key part of a TNT dramedy

During her time on "Whitney," Rhea Seehorn also played a lawyer on another prominent law dramedy, returning back to TNT on the series "Franklin & Bash," alongside Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as the titular lawyers.

On the series, Seehorn plays Ellen Swatello, an Assistant District Attorney. She finds herself overshadowed by fellow ADA Janie Ross, played by Claire Coffee, leading to frustrations over the course of the show's first season. In the third season, she has a brief casual relationship with Franklin. The fourth season sees Swatello leave the District Attorney's office to work for the firm of Infeld-Daniels, where Franklin and Bash work. However, she is dismayed to learn that the duo now have control of the law firm following the departure of Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell). The series ends with Swatello rushing to Las Vegas to stop Franklin after she thinks he's about to get married to someone else.